Le Deshayes is an old farming settlement, probably dating back over 500 years. The various buildings housed a number of small farms and their numerous farm workers. These days only one farm remains operational with over 100 head of milking cows. Whilst the farm is well away from the Gite, the farmer uses the field adjacent to the owner’s house for his nursing cows and their very young calves.
The Gite is situated about a mile from Cerisy la Salle. The village sums up the quality of life in this part of France as it maintains an amazing range of shops and services: two bakeries, a bar, a post office, a butchers, a bank with an ATM, two mini-supermarkets, a pharmacy, a florist, an ironmongers, a garage and a hairdressers. There is also a delightful church, a doctor’s surgery, a tourist information office and a small market on Saturdays.